Cameron University concludes theatre season with “Legally Blonde”

The Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts concludes its 2017-2018 Theatre season celebrating “American Identities in the 21st Century” with “Legally Blonde,”  based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the hit 2001 film. The musical comedy will be presented in the University Theatre from April 19 through 22. The curtain goes up on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, and $12 for senior citizens, military, Cameron faculty and staff, and non-Cameron students. CU students receive one free admission with their CU I.D. Tickets can be reserved by calling 580-581-2478.

With music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach,  “Legally Blonde” follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances and is equal parts hilarious and heart-warming.

Playing the title role of Elle Woods is Joy Christie.  She is joined by Matthew Ortner as Emmett Forrest, Randolph Brewer as Warren Huntington III, Stephanie Sabol as Vivienne Kensington, and Dr. Shaun Calix as Professor Callahan.  All are from Lawton.

Also appearing from Lawton, are Regan Williams as Paulette, Hope Gregory as Enid, Brandi Goldsmith as the Store Manager/Judge/Jet Blue Pilot, Spencer Klein as Courtney/Mom/Whitney/District Attorney, Peter Macias as Grandmaster Chad/Dewey/Kyle, Ciara Renee as the H & H Salesgirl/Ensemble, Rachel Carlson as the second perfume girl/ensemble, and MacEwan Sanders as Dad/Winthrop/Reporter.  Jennifer Castricone as Serena, Hale Bratcher as Margot, and Abbey Rinestine as Pilar lead the Greek Chorus.

Rounding out the cast are Shalyn Bowles, Geronimo, as Saleswoman/Stenographer/Ensemble; Cole Nowlin, Anadarko, as Pforzheimer/Guard/Carolos; Payton Williams, Comanche, as Padmadan/Nikos; Kelsey Hood, Oklahoma City; as Aaron/Kiki; Katelynn Larsen, Elgin, as part of the ensemble.  From Duncan are Heather Martin as Brooke Wyndham/Ensemble, and Mikayla Stephenson as Kate/Chutney/Ensemble.

The crew includes Jacob Parkhurst, Lawton, stage manager; Dakota Barbee, Walters, assistant stage manager; Mandi Bongiorno, Lawton, wardrobe; Emily Whatley, Duke, property designer; and CU Stage Technician Joseph Roberts, sound operator.

Assistant Professor Judd Vermillion designed the lights and scenery while Associate Professor Eric Abbott designed costumes and make-up.  Dr. Gregory Hoepfner, Professor, is the Music Director and Katie Veenhuizen, Artistic Director of Lawton Ballet Theater, is the choreographer.The production is directed by Scott Richard Klein, Chair, Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts.

This production contains material that some people may find objectionable.